Ocean Glider, US Navy, drone
In the News: On Monday, the People's Liberation Army-Navy vessel 510 returned a US Navy Ocean Glider Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) to the United States. The UUV had been seized on December 15. About this photo. Crew aboard the VOS RAASY recovering ocean gliders off the north-west coast of Scotland. Photo credit: US Navy

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Ecuador Closes Environmental Organization, Furthers Crackdown on Civil Society (Klaus)

Ecuador, along with other parts of South and Latin America, further concede to foreign investors by closing environmental and indigenous awareness organizations.

Romania’s Cosmetic Election (Dan)

The predominantly right-leaning country is bringing a woman and Muslim to power for the first time in their history. However, looks can be deceiving.

Trump Tweet Pledges to ‘Expand’ Nuclear Capability (Jimmy)

In a 140 characters or less tweet, president-elect Trump indicated a policy reversal on US nuclear weapons reduction. MIT linguist and philosopher Noam Chomsky said the tweet was “one of the most frightening things I’ve seen recently.”

Rick Perry’s Finger on the Trigger (Dan)

Interested to hear how he will handle the agency he couldn’t even remember the name of? Surprisingly, he is par for the course.

Donald Trump Treats White House Hires Like Casting Call (Russ)

Superficial guy, all about appearances, makes that a priority in his picks of administration leaders.